Book Club Support
Do you have a book club? Did you know the library can help you request copies for your club members to pick up?
Here are the items we will need from you:
- Book Club Meeting Dates
- Titles of Books
- Name of Book Club
- Number of Members
- Material Format Types (regular print, large print, physical audiobook)
Books can be made available to pick up from the circulation desk at least 3 weeks before your book club meeting. From the time of request, it will take at least 2 weeks for your books to arrive. Therefore, please request your books at least 5 weeks in advance of your next meeting if you would prefer at least 3 weeks to read your book.
Certain popular titles may not be possible for us to get and we will let you know that upon receiving your title requests.
Click here to send us an email. You can also call us at 630-466-4686 and ask to speak with the Adult Department.
Book Club Suggestions
Here are some great websites that will help you select a book for your club.
Reading Group Choices - This website features a category of user-voted "favorites", as well as new spotlight books. Discussion questions are also provided for each book.
Goodreads - This social media platform where you can "friend" other readers, allows you to track your books - which books you would like to read aka your "TBR - To Be Read" shelf, the ones you have read, and the books you are currently reading. It also features forums and user generated reviews and lists. Here are some Goodreads lists that include top rated books for book clubs:
- Book Club Recommendations
- Book Club Picks Books
- Book Club Book Lists
- The Top 40 Book Club Picks - 2019
Lit Lovers - An online community that includes guide for how to start, run, and discuss a book club, as well as lists of recommended books for discussion.
Tuesday November 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (via Zoom)
Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
Join us for a book discussion on Lady Killers by Tori Telfer. This book is available on Hoopla in audio and e-book. This book discussion will take place on Zoom. Register for the meeting to receive the login information sent to your email.
When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we're comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, 'There are no female serial killers'. Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsebet Bathory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction. Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different subject, and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media, as well as the stereotypes and sexist cliches that inevitably surround her. The first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens with a witty and dryly humorous tone, Lady Killers dismisses easy explanations (she was hormonal, she did it for love, a man made her do it) and tired tropes (she was a femme fatale, a black widow, a witch), delving into the complex reality of female aggression and predation.